acdllogo.jpgOver the weekend, The Arizona Citizen’s Defense League issued the following regarding H.R. 38, the House’s Bill, The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017:

A major pro-rights federal firearms bill filed this session is H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017. It was introduced on January 3 by Republican Representative Richard Hudson of North Carolina. H.R. 38 has 205 co-sponsors, including Arizona Representatives Trent Franks (R-AZ-8), Paul Gosar (R-AZ-4), Martha McSally (R-AZ-2), Andy Biggs (R-AZ-5) and David Schweikert (R-AZ-6). It has been assigned to the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.

As written, if H.R. 38 becomes law it would require any state that allows people to carry concealed firearms to recognize permits issued by other states or allow a person to carry without a permit if they are “entitled to carry a concealed firearm in the State in which the person resides…” (i.e., Constitutional Carry). Where you would be able to carry when visiting other states is still subject to their laws.

If H.R. 38 becomes law it appears that, as a resident of Arizona, you would be able to carry in any state that allows concealed carry, with or without a CCW permit, since Arizona issues permits and is also a Constitutional Carry state.

H.R. 38 contains provisions that place the burden of proof on each state to show that a person discreetly carrying a firearm did not comply with their laws. It also provides for the award of attorney’s fees and damages to victorious plaintiffs. However, the proposed federal law does not prevent you from being arrested in states that refuse to recognize your right to carry. It only means that, if you can get your case to federal court, the law is more apt to be on your side.

A final caveat about H.R. 38, or any similar bill, is that once national reciprocity is covered by federal law, future congresses could potentially amend it with virtually insurmountable permit issuance requirements in order for a state to qualify for reciprocity under federal law.

As written, and without modifications, AzCDL supports H.R. 38.

In case you haven’t signed the White House Petition urging President Trump to follow through with his promise to push this legislation, you may do so at the following link: